[ dee-trahy-buh-lahyz ]
/ diˈtraɪ bəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·trib·al·ized, de·trib·al·iz·ing.

to cause to lose tribal allegiances and customs, chiefly through contact with another culture.
Also especially British, de·trib·al·ise.

Origin of detribalize

First recorded in 1915–20; de- + tribal + -ize

Related forms

de·trib·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for detribalization



/ (diːˈtraɪbəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to cause members of a tribe to lose their characteristic customs or social, religious, or other organizational features
to cause tribal people to adopt urban ways of life

Derived Forms

detribalization or detribalisation, noun
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